Sunday, July 15, 2007

Again with the Mower!

One tends to forget that, with specialized equipment, one must have specialized tools. I set out this morning to change the oil in the infamous riding mower, but, without a wrench, it's a no-go.

I mowed part of the backyard, but stopped when I thought the rain was about to come. I drove the mower under the carport (I moved the car--I'm trying to keep from breaking any more windows!), and let it cool down for a bit. I tried to get the oil drain plug loose, really I did. But, without a wrench, it just ain't gonna happen. So, this means another trip to the hardware store or garden center in search of a set of wrenches that will help me loosen this plug. But, you know, even with the right tools, I may not be able to open the plug. The guys at the factory put these things on with hydraulic tools (same goes for the tires on the car) that make loosening them nearly impossible unless you've got the muscles of the Incredible Hulk. I may have to put in a call to one of my large brothers before I can change the oil. I finished mowing the backyard, anyway, and it looks decent. But no more complete yard mowing until I get the oil changed.

You'd be proud of me, though; I didn't think twice about firing that baby up! And I'm trying to be more creative when I'm doing yard work. While I was mowing today, I drove in figure eights. Who says you have to mow in a straight line?

Right now, I'm a bit ticked off at Symantec. Their Norton Internet Security download program has my computer tied up. I've tried four times to get to Internet Explorer and I can't. I can't stop the program except by shutting down the computer. I'm using Firefox to navigate around the Net while I'm waiting to see what Norton's going to do. Man, I need a Mac!

Yesterday, I baked two loaves of bread and some rolls (same recipe--just divided the dough). It's called "Farm Bread," and the recipe calls for honey instead of sugar. I keep forgetting, though, that homemade bread is much denser than the kind I buy at the store, but the result is well worth the effort!


CrackHeadforTennis said...

Cool! bread and mowing in one blog. I seem to love (!) a lot. Mowing in figure eights sounds like fun. Are you ready for Harry Potter? I'm a little nervous about the book. I will read the entire book. I will not look at the end to see who died. When you talk about making bread, it reminds me of my mom who makes rolls (occasionally). Hope the bread was melt-in-your-mouth good. Chit chat later!

Crazy In Shreveport said...

Goats?? Yarn?? No mowing?? More time for knitting??

dotsmom said...

The bread was excellent. I put one loaf and some rolls in the freezer for later. I can't eat all of the stuff I make, so I give it away. And, Crackhead, I'm going to read the entire book, too. I have never in my life started at the end and I won't now. The speculation over HP's fate runs rampant. I have my own ideas, but I'm keeping mum.

And, Crazy--you know, I've thought about the goats, but I just don't want to have to clean up after them. And they tend to strip the bark off of small trees. They do like to eat poison ivy, though, which is a plus in my book.

As for knitting, I'll be teaching a knitting class at the college for Continuing Ed in the fall--I think on Wednesday evenings from 6pm to 8pm for six weeks. It's a good excuse to start projects and not finish them! Demonstration purposes, don't you know!